The CSSB works as a cooperation of the participating research partners without its own legal identity.
The CSSB Directorate is composed of the principal investigators appointed by the CSSB partners and meets approximately every two weeks. The CSSB Directorate is chaired by the Scientific Director. In addition, two Deputy Directors are elected by the Directorate.
The present Scientific Director is Prof. Dr. Chris Meier, Universität Hamburg.
The Deputy Scientific Directors are Prof. Dr. Thomas Marlovits, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and Prof. Dr. Dietmar Manstein, Hannover Medical School.
The CSSB office is in charge of all organizational and administrative matters related to CSSB.
All CSSB partner research organisations are represented with voting rights in the CSSB council. Delegates of the governmental agencies funding CSSB are invited as guests to the council meetings. The CSSB research director reports to the council and participates at the meetings of the CSSB council. The council meets once a year.
The main tasks of the CSSB council are: overseeing the CSSB research activities, making decisions where interests, especially those of a financial nature, of CSSB partners are directly involved, approving the CSSB annual budget, appointing the CSSB research director.
The present chair of the CSSB council is Prof. Dr. Dirk Heinz, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig.
CSSB Scientific Advisory Board
The CSSB scientific advisory board advises the CSSB directorate and council on all relevant activities, particularly on its research portfolio and future plans. It meets at least once a year.